Saturday, May 4, 2013
Research Update (May 4, 2013)
Diligence Technologies, Inc., West Tennessee
Weather continues to dominate the news from west Tennessee. Even though we have yet to have a solid week of planting, we were blessed with enough windows to get the corn trials in the ground that needed to be out there. The corn that's up just needs a little sunshine and heat.
Now comes the big switch to cotton. We were able to plant a few cotton trials last week, but it remains to be seen if that is a good thing. Several inches of rain and cool temperatures this weekend will probably mean a rough start for anything in the ground right now. However, the bulk of the cotton seed is still in the bag, and I can see a whorl-wind of planting when it finally dries up.
It looks like pigweed (Palmer amaranth) season has officially arrived in west Tennessee. I saw areas this week with the first really strong flush of pigweeds I have seen this year. That's about month (maybe more) later than what we saw last year.
Please give me a call if you have questions or are looking to set up a little research this season.
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.